Our People

Wayne Phipps
Wayne Phipps Chairman

Wayne joined the Board of the Car Craft Group of companies in 1989 and was Chair from 1998 until 2006. He remained a director during the intervening years and was elected to the Chair again in 2014.  He is now President of the Motor Trade Association of WA and the immediate past chairman of the Australian Motor Body Repair Association.

Wayne is a Member of Australian Institute of Mechanical Engineers MAIME and a Member of Australian Institute of Company Directors MAICD.

Wayne is the Managing Director of Wayne Phipps Smash Repairs.


Mark Brady
Mark Brady Vice Chairman

Mark was born in Durban, South Africa and came to Australia in 1986 aged 21. He worked for several collision repair businesses in WA before buying a small smash repair business in Mandurah in 1999. He and his wife have concentrated all their efforts into building that business to the extent that they now operate from a large state of the art workshop in Mandurah called Mandurah Panel & Paint. Mark joined the Board in 2009.


Michael Wilkinson
Michael Wilkinson Director

Michael is Managing Director of prestige repairer Peter Wilkinson & Co Pty Ltd. The business is a long standing member of the Car Craft Group and Michael has been a Director since 1995 and became Chair in 2006. His other contributions to motor industry development include membership of the Board of the Motor Trade Association of WA and the committee of the Body Repair Division of Motor Trade Association of WA.

After eight significant years in the chair Michael resigned in 2014.


Viv Ellis
Viv Ellis Director

Viv has been part of the industry for many years and has been a member of Car Craft Panel & Paint since 1994, when she and her husband purchased Meltham Motors Accident Repair Centre.

She joined the Board of Car Craft in 2008.  She is also an international indoor netball umpire and is the Australian Indoor Netball Umpire Director.

Viv is a co-director of Meltham Motors with husband Bruce.


Russel Smith
Russel Smith Director

Russel began his career in the body repair industry as an apprentice in 1973 and established T&R’s Prestige Accident Repairs in 1989 with his long term business partner Trevor West.  They moved to new premises in Division Street, Welshpool in 1993 and joined Car Craft in 2004.  He is a director of T&R’s Prestige Accident Repairs and was elected to the Board of Car Craft in 2013.

Russel restores Holden Monaro’s in his spare time and is an avid Dockers supporter.


Mr Peter Harms
Peter Harms Director

Peter has worked in the industry since 1985 and co-owns Ian Guppy & Co Smash Repairs, which is based in Collie Western Australia.  Ian Guppy’s re-joined Car Craft in June 2010.

Peter joined the Car Craft Board in 2015.


Peter Coupland
Peter Coupland Director

Peter’s career in the industry commenced in Sydney, NSW where he owned and operated his own Panel and Paint shop prior to moving to WA in 1987. He joined the Bowra Panel & Paint team on his arrival to WA and purchased the business in 2002.

Peter joined the Car Craft Board in 2010 and is also a Board Member of the Body Repair Division of the MTA WA and the Engineering & Automotive Training Council Inc.


Darren Templeton
Darren Templeton Director

Darren is a second generation body repairer and took over Maddington Smash Repairs from his father in 2002.  He Joined the Board of Car Craft in 2014 and is an active member of the body repair industry.

Originally established by partners Harry Robinson and Murray Templeton in 1985, in 2002 it was taken over by Darren & Monique Templeton and has since grown to become a leading body repair business, while still being owned and run by the family.


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Peter McMahon General Manager

Peter has recently left Motor Trade Association in South Australia after eight years to join the group.  His role at the MTA included management of the Body Repair Division as well as being the National Chair of the Motor Vehicle Insurance and Repair Industry Code of Conduct and the national secretariat for AMBRA.

Peter also has had many years of experience running collision repair businesses in Adelaide, as well as being a Spare Parts Manager with an Adelaide Ford Dealer.

He was appointed General Manager in 2015.


Jason Hamling
Jason Hamling Business Development Manager

Jason spent 11 years in the cleaning industry with involvement in franchising, business development and management roles before joining Car Craft in 2009.


Janette Lundt Accounts

Janette is experienced in business financial accounts and has worked in various industries using MYOB, Quick Books and Pastel accounting packages.  She is a Member of the Institute of Certified Bookkeepers.

Janette joined Car Craft in 2011.


Leigh King
Leigh King Admininstration Assistant

Leigh has joined the Perth office on a part time basis to assistance in the day to day administration needs of the group.


Miss Sarah Martin
Sarah Martin Finixa Sales

Sarah is the Sales Representative for Advantage Solutions WA, the Western Australia distributor for the Finixa range of consumables.

Sarah joined Car Craft in 2014.